Isn’t it funny how sometimes a number seems to crop up in your life repeatedly. For me, that number of late has been 22.

Last Tuesday was the 22nd September and, as you’ll know if you read the week before last’s blog, it was World CML Day. I still don’t have the final figure for the amount we raised with the book on the day, but I will keep you posted. Speaking of which, Michele Hope sent me this picture during the week of her on holiday in Spain – she was halfway through and had just got to the bit about the bareback horse ride on the beach on Helios (for those of you who have read the book), which she was loving as she adores horses! She is back on QVC this Sunday, but sadly I’m not on with her this time.

Michele Hope reading Life's A Beach and Then...

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about my apple tree having lots of apples on it. Well, we picked them over the weekend and guess what? Yes, there were exactly 22 apples! I haven’t had chance to do any baking yet, but I’m feeling a Dorset Apple Cake, Apple Crumble and a couple of Apple Pies coming on! Or I could just be healthy and eat them raw or juice them!

Julia's apples

Whilst on the subject of my garden, I took some time out of my busy writing schedule to position the Japanese Anemones that Chris had bought from the garden centre. We only managed to get one white and the rest pink but already they are giving some much needed colour and I look forward to them spreading.

Japanese Anemones

Today, as you’ve probably realised, is QVC’s birthday and we are… 22!! It hardly seems possible that this time 22 years ago we were about to go live for the first time. Thanks so much to those of you who have stayed the course with us (it’s been quite a journey) and welcome to those of you who have only just discovered us. I’m on air today at 3pm with Clarks, 5pm with SBC (one of our longest-standing beauty brands) and 6pm with Honora Pearls. I hope they will have saved me some of the birthday cake that they cut in the Morning Show!


Then, on the 22nd October, it is Post Polio Syndrome Day. As an ambassador for British Polio, I will be attending the event in Cardiff and I have also been requested to ask my connections at Crystal Palace football club if they could help us launch a fashion collection. It is designed by a lady called Aleah Leigh and we’ll be using football items (such as boot studs) to help raise awareness of the condition, which affects more people in the UK than Parkinson’s Disease.

Palace have very kindly agreed for us to show the collection at half-time during the home game against West Ham on 17th October. I had asked my friend, Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Julian Speroni, if he would mind posing for some pictures with us which he happily agreed to do yesterday at the training ground. I also managed to grab former player and now first team coach, John Salako.

I know footballers get a lot of bad press but a lot of the ones I’ve come into contact with are just really nice people who happen to be very talented. I don’t have any pictures yet and I don’t want to spoil things by telling you what my dress is like, but I will put it on here next week.

Incidentally, 22nd October is also the release date for Jackie Kabler’s first novel, The Dead Dog Day, which I am really looking forward to reading.

So, it brings me to my major news of the week. On Tuesday evening I finished writing ‘If He Really Loved Me…’ (the sequel to Life’s a Beach and Then…), all 81,000 words, and sent it to my copy editor, so it looks like I am still on course for November publication. Maybe I should choose 22nd November?!

I hope you will join us for the Breast Cancer Care show tomorrow at 6pm on QVC.

Have a great weekend,

much love

Julia x


  1. Gill Graham October 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    great Julia looking forward to your next book. Thanks for being an honest voice over the years xx Gill

    • Julia Roberts October 8, 2015 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gill
      So pleased you are looking forward to book 2 in the Liberty Sands trilogy – I gave just approved the cover so will put it on here next week.
      Thanks for your kind comment – honesty is the best policy I believe.
      Julia x

  2. Joanna Downey October 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I’m sitting in the garden enjoying this glorious early Autumn sunshine and reading your blog. I have been with the Q from Day One and agree with Gill’s comment thanking you for being an honest voice as well as being informative, professional and glamorous. Your anemones look lovely, the ones in our back garden are in full flower and there is a carpet of tiny cyclamens under them that are the same shade of pink – totally accidental and very pretty. Reading about your apple harvest has confirmed my wish to plant an orchard at the end of our plot and also put me in a baking mood – I’ll be on my own this weekend so I’ll spend some of it in the kitchen. Number coincidences indeed! It’s strange how things like that happen and I think 22 is a definite lottery number for you this weekend. Having said that it’s one of mine because my dad’s birthday was a 22, it’s also our house number and our younger daughter’s getting married on 22nd December… Good grief, on that very odd note I’ll say bye and enjoy the rest of the sunshine. Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts October 8, 2015 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Joanna
      How funny that you also gave 22’s in your life and something else weird – I flicked on to watch Celebrity Deal or No Deal after our BCC show last Friday and guess what number box Jimmy Carr had selected?? Of course, number 22!!
      I made a delicious apple crumble last Sunday with some of the apples then part-cooked and froze the remainder as I decided to book a last minute holiday and didn’t want to waste them.
      Thanks for your lovely compliments – really kind
      Julia x

  3. Susanne October 3, 2015 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    I really don’t know how you do it all – much admiration, dear Julia.

    • Julia Roberts October 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susanne
      I think maybe I’ve pushed myself a bit this last couple of weeks so booked a last minute holiday on Monday and am currently in Ajman – next door to Dubai – recharging the batteries before the editing begins!
      Julia x

  4. ann cain October 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Julia I have been trying to leave a review on amazon about your book,but al toavail,but I am know looking forward to the new one.

    • Julia Roberts October 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Ann
      Sorry you’ve had problems leaving a review on Amazon but thanks for trying. I think you just need your Amazon log on details if you’ve shopped with them.
      So pleased you are looking forward to the new book

  5. Jean Pugh October 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes where has that 22 years gone. Hope you got your piece of cake.

    Fancy 22 Apples, how strange it was that number, they look lovely . We had a lot on our tree this year, had to pick them before the dogs ate them all, they would stand on their back legs and pick them. The same with the Blackberries, there is a lot of them in the paddock where I exercise the dogs, they pick them as well. Did leave me some, enough for an Apple and Blackberry Crumble. You mention Apple Cake, I love that.

    That was a great amount raised for Breast Cancer Care.

    You have done well finishing your other book, I must hurry up and finish reading Life’s a Beach and Then.

    Your Japanese Anemones look lovely.

    Take Care.

    Love Jean xx

    • Julia Roberts October 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      Yes I did get a piece of the QVC birthday cake – a tasty treat!
      I still find it hard to believe that Daniel and Sophie were only 6 and 5 respectively when I first started at QVC. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity in the first place and thankful for the things it has allowed me to do for my family.
      I had to throw three if the apples away as they had gone soft but I made a yummy apple crumble last Sunday with some of the apples.
      No need to hurry with Life’s a Beach and Then… The next one isn’t out for about six weeks.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. Tina S October 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Congratulations on your sequel being completed.You have been a busy bunny! I’ve had problems yet again with not being able to get any internet so had to have a fella come to the house and see what the problem was. To cut a long story short its been fixed now. But since I’ve had it fixed everything is different on my PC , emails etc so I have to get used to things again. I have also found that the site for QVC is different as there doesn’t seem to be a space at the top of the Home page to put numbers in etc?
    Anyway, I don’t know whats going on !!
    Well we have had some exciting games with the Rugby and we are through to the Quarter finals, hurrah!! Our next game is against the Wallaby’s. We have had terrible luck with so many injuries. Our kicker, Leigh Halfpenny was injured in the “friendlies” against Italy and we were all gutted as he is so good but thank goodness our other Fly-half, Dan Biggar (or kicker), has been immense. I have to admit though I am still at a loss when it comes so the rules. There are so many , its baffling.
    Well it will be a shame if you can’t get enough names to hold your event at Swansea after all.
    I enjoyed the 22nd Qvc Birthday programmes recently. Some fab fashion was shown, although I haven’t treated myself yet. Seeing as its my birthday tomorrow I think I should don’t you think? (Next year will be my big 60, where has all that time gone to?)
    Enjoy your week off. Look forward to your reply.
    Best wishes, Tina x
    Ps could you remind me of the address for Qvc to send Xmas cards please.

  7. Julia Roberts October 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    Happy birthday for the 7th and sorry I missed it but I was on a plane! I decided to book a last minute holiday (only booked it Monday) as I suddenly felt totally exhausted physically and emotionally after finishing writing the second book – thought I had better recharge the batteries.
    I wonder if you did treat yourself to some QVC fashion? I hope so.
    It’s a real shame that the event couldn’t go ahead on the 23rd but maybe we could all just get together at Morgan’s sometime in November – I don’t like letting people down but an event needed thirty people really for the atmosphere.
    Because I’m away I don’t have the postcode for QVC but it is Building 8 & should show up if you google it – Christmas really isn’t that far away!
    Good luck in the Rugby World Cup
    Julia x

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